The Slow-Motion Exodus of European Jews

David J. Rusin is a research fellow at Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.


[This article is reprinted from Islamist Watch Blog

Do Jews have a future in an increasingly Muslim Europe? Often explored by Daniel Pipes, this question recently drew a disconcerting answer from prominent Dutch politician Frits Bolkestein, who opined on the grim choices facing visible (e.g., Orthodox) Jews in his nation:

The former EU commissioner says there is no future for this group in the Netherlands because of “the anti-Semitism among Dutchmen of Moroccan descent, whose numbers keep growing.”

He feels that this group of Jews should encourage their children to emigrate to either the United States or Israel, because he has little confidence in the effectiveness of the government’s proposals for fighting anti-Semitism.

Bolkestein’s remarks echo those of Benjamin Jacobs, the country’s chief rabbi, who told Arutz Sheva in 2010 that “the future for Dutch Jewry is moving to Israel.” Indeed, some Jews are acting. The same news service reported in December that the son of Raphael Evers, another leading Dutch rabbi, “has announced plans to move to Israel due to anti-Semitism”:

“It’s not that you can’t leave the house, but you need to constantly hide, to be careful,” he explained. He related his own cautionary measures, which include avoiding certain neighborhoods, and hiding his kippah (yalmulke) when walking through areas with a high number of Muslim immigrants.

Next consider Sweden. Last month, the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged traveling Jews to exercise “extreme caution” due to “harassment of Jewish citizens in the southern city of Malmö.” An estimated 60,000 Muslims comprise a fifth of Malmö’s population and hate crimes regularly impact the lives of its 700 remaining Jews. “The city’s synagogue has guards and rocket-proof glass in the windows,” the Telegraph notes, “while the Jewish kindergarten can only be reached through thick steel security doors.” With the government’s response a mix of denial and blaming the victim, many Jews are leaving Malmö — and even Sweden altogether.

Recent years also have seen increasing numbers of Jews moving to Israel from France and the UK. Will this soon be the case for Jews of other European countries as well? Given the raft of worrying tales from 2010 alone — Muslims assaulting Jews in Norway and Denmark, stone-tossing Arabs driving Jewish dancers from a stage in Germany, and a poll finding that 38% of Muslim youth in Austria agree that “Hitler had done a lot of good for the people” — the future does not look happy.

It has become fashionable to equate the plight of today’s Muslim population in Europe with that of the continent’s oppressed Jews during the 1930s. However, one can tell which group faces the real threat in modern Europe by watching migratory trends. While European governments are planning fences to keep Muslims from entering illegally, Jews are exiting in droves. People vote with their feet. The results — Muslims in, Jews out — offer critical lessons and warnings.

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    Tell me where can I go,there is no place I can see,where to go,where to go
    every door is closed for me .To the left,to the right it is the same in every land,
    there is no place to go and it is me who should know,won't you please under-
    stand.Now I know where to go where my folks proudly stand,let me go to that
    precious promised land.No more left no more right,lift your head and see the
    light I'm proud,can't you see,for at last I'm free.No more wandering for me.
    Once sung by Leo.Fuld.And now it is truer than ever.

  • Ray

    So we Jews should all crowd into a country the size of New Jersey with more missiles pointed at it per square inch probably than any other country in the world, and with hundreds of millions of enemies? A country where if you stretch your legs and go hiking into the hills, you could get murdered?
    And is the U.S. an alternative? The Moslem population of the U.S. is bound to get much, much higher, due to simple math – the large numbers of Moslems in the world, and our immigration policies. While I've met some really good Moslems, that doesn't mean that we aren't headed to the fate of another Holland.

    • The_Lord_Regent

      Well, perhaps it is well past time to severely restrict immigration – especially from the Middle East. Oops! I'm a racist! I'm a racist!

      Seriously, though. It's really time to toss the bums out and crack down on those who employ illigals. Fines, and if a repeat offender (caught hiring illigals more than once) employs an illegal who commits a malum in se crime (robbery, rape, murder) the repeat illegal employer/offender should be charged as an accessory.

    • Guest

      I realize Jewish people don't believe the New Testament of the Bible, and you may not believe the Old Testament either, but please just for a second Ray humor me and suspend your disbelief like when we go to the movies: Jesus was and is the Messiah, (read Isaiah 53) He's returning to Earth any second now, only this time it's not for salvation but rather for judgment for those who chose not to accept Him as Savior and also to deal with those who have been harassing Israel. If you do go to synagogue, remember in Genesis 12, when G-d told Abram, "I will bless those who bless you and curse him that curseth thee?" All those "hundreds of milions of enemies" and the people behind all those missles are cursing Israel and I wouldn't want to be them! In theOld Testament, Israel was much, much bigger than it is now and it will be again. Trust me. G-d isn't a man that He can lie. He gave that land to the 12 tribes period forever. The end.

    • Reuven

      Israel is the safest place in the world for Jews.

  • jacob

    In many of these cases, Jews passivity is the cause.
    My father, GOD rests his soul used to tell us of Polish students in Warsaw going
    out on in rampages to beat up and tear Jew's beards… but one place they avoided
    like the plague was the vicinity of the Jewish porters quarter (once apperaing at RIPLEY's Believe it or Not as able to carry individually on his back a vertical
    piano to a fifth floor through the stairs !), knowing they wouldn't come out whole
    if not outright dead..
    However, he continued, when the Jewish youth wanted to fight back, they were restrained by the old folks because "IT COULD GET WORST " ! ! !
    And to believe that this Ghetto Jew went out the crematoria smokestacks and
    find out instead that it ain't so, as this article proves ad nauseam it istill alive
    and kicking, is just plainly discouraging, because if they trust the authorities,
    they will get, as proven, NOWHERE

    • ze-ev ben jehudah

      Dear Jacob,
      Despite the so called Jewish attitude!! how come that the Jewish nation is
      the only one in history who survived more than 5000 years with no change
      in their religious believings in a renewed Israel since 1948.
      So" Oh boy " are we the surviving kind or are we not.
      In jiddish!!!! Mir lebn ebig mir senen do.
      Mir an alter Polak.

  • patsjc

    It's very sad about the Jews leaving Europe but I also wonder when the native populations will also start leaving because of the Muslim problems. And where will they go?

    • The_Lord_Regent

      Screw the "native populations." They can fight or die. Not that I lack in the milk of human kindness or sympathy, or anything.

    • Leo

      Eventually Europe will burn to ashes again, and the winners are going to be the Muslims.

  • Jacob

    Eventually, there will be a movement in at least some of these countries to deport their Muslim populations back to the hellholes from whence they came. And I will loudly applaud those actions. Civil harmony is under increasing assault the greater the Muslim populations grow.

  • samsgran1948

    Unfortunately, it isn't just the Muslims of Europe who are anti-Semintic; it's the indiginous populations as well. For a few years following WW II, Europeans managed to constrain their inbred anti-Semitism out of shame. But time has passed, and Europe's peoples find themselves unable to resist the centuries-old siren call of anti-Semitism any longer. Europeans swallow the Muslim world's Jew-hatred like mother's milk. Jew hatred is part of Europe's DNA, and will never be flushed out. The Euros will stand back and let their Muslim populations do their ethnic cleansing for them, smiling all the while.because their hands are clean.

    • Martel64

      Yes, but that's the very definition of Political Incorrectness to complain about that – screw us.

  • Paul

    While I am not myself Jewsih, I would submit that the only safe places for Jews in the modern world are Israel, the US, Australia and some South American countries. I would also submit that Europe's loss is our gain and that we in the US must do something about the radical left and their politcally correct agenda. Katie Couric's recent moronic comments about a Muslim sit com is an example of the sort mindless politically correct nonsense I am talking about.

  • jgreene

    Europeans are COWARDS and anti-semitic skunks. They ALLOW their Jewish Citizens to be harrassed and attacked by IslamoFascist scum in their midst. First it was the Jews, then…Europeans are being turned into dhimmis in their own countries by the 7th Century Sociopathic Cult of Mohammed.

  • Gavin

    Let us not forget gentlemen….."It starts with the Jews, but it does not end with the Jews" !

  • gb.

    I read daily articles about the increase of this islmaic problem. I will not say it is a muslim problem because in my opinion they are two different things, no matter what a muslim claims. it is a dog and its owner that we are discussing, the dog simply obeys the the order. so in deed the fault from the owner of the dog. And as such I always hear something needs to be done, but when is that something going to happen ? Should we all not rally for stricter laws on immigration ? should we not rally for stricter polices / punishments on terriost acts for people of all nations ? should we not rally for the country that many people have died for ? as they say "freedom go to hell" i say, "political correctness go to hell"

  • TomH

    I would like to see western countries reassert the quota system of immigration from Islamic countries and focus on the humanitarian relief to persecuted religious minorities. Example: Jews, Christians, Hindus, etc. This may not directly address Jewish persecution but it could be one of several steps in the right direction.

  • Jim

    Today they intimidate the Jews and cause them to leave. But what about the ordinary citizens ? Do they stand by the persecuted? No. To bad for the ordinary citizens because they will be the next target. Do they think 'it can't happen to me? Well it certainly will. What should the ordinary european citizen do? They should hound their governments to put a stop to the persecution. There is no good reason why the European governments can not put effort into ending the criminality. They just do not want to. Give them reason. Put the pressure on. Why? Because you are next.

    • TomH

      I agree with you. You know what the Islamist say, "first we take care of the Saturday people, then the Sunday people."

    • TomH

      I am in agreement. The Islamist have a saying, "first we take care of the Saturday people, then the Sunday people."

    • TomH

      I agree with your assessment that Europe is making a big mistake at not recognizing a canary in a coal mine. The Islamist have a saying, "first we take care of the Saturday people, then the Sunday people."

  • SemperCivis

    this historic interview on Israel National Radio of artist Marc Rubin explains the real unrevised history of the ancient world, including how Islam started and who these people really are. http://www.marcrubin.com/judean-eve.ivnu